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Posted: Sunday, October 5, 2008 7:22 pm | Updated: 12:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

There is a lot of ink being spilled and air time wasted on the experience or lack thereof Sarah Palin. Those with experience in Washington today have led us down a path of financial ruin.

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Palin’s outsider status helps

There is a lot of ink being spilled and air time wasted on the experience or lack thereof Sarah Palin. Those with experience in Washington today have led us down a path of financial ruin.

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To see a nation suffering from high energy prices and come up with a sham energy bill, to line your own pockets with hundreds of thousands of dollars from Fannie and Freddie while they topple in mismanagement, to send a defense bill through with $5 billion in pork earmarks tacked on, is the height of irresponsibility. What happens to these people when elected to Congress?

Give me someone with character who sees tax money as belonging to the citizens of the United States. I’m voting for McCain-Palin. They have said they work for us.

SYLVIA HANSEN

MESA

McCain means more of the same

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” It seems reasonable that even the most brilliant among us would do well occasionally to shut up and let the other person finish a sentence. It’s not so much about being civil as it is about expanding and enlightening our collective world view. Fresh perspective seldom comes from breathing one’s own exhaust.

What strikes me most about the political campaign is the absence of self-reflection in the Republican strategy. Why do they think that re-packaging/re-branding their decades-old exhaust — and delivering it in loud and obnoxious, gas-guzzling, environmentally unfriendly style — is going to breathe new life into our national dialogue?

In stark contrast, both Barack Obama and Joe Biden are thoughtful, introspective and inclusive in their world views. They listen before they speak. They think before they act.

They exemplify emotional maturity, strength of character, leadership, and a true appreciation of diversity, as opposed to the reckless ambition and disregard for others exhibited by both of the Republican candidates.

One of the most powerful and insightful observations to come out of the Democratic National Convention was from President Clinton’s speech: “People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.”

“America the Beautiful” is not “America the Only.” We live in a global community. We need to start acting like it.

BILL ENDER

PHOENIX

 

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